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The Breakfast Club -- They were five students with nothing in common, faced with spending a Saturday detention together in their high school library. At 7 a.m., they had nothing to say, but by 4 p.m. they had bared their souls to each other and become good friends. John Hughes, creator of the critically acclaimed Sixteen Candles, wrote, directed and produced this hilarious and often touching comedy starring Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy. To the outside world they were simply the Jock, the Brain, the Criminal, the Princess and the Kook, but to each other, they would always be The Breakfast Club.
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Release Date:
15 February 1985 (USA) See more »
They only met once, but it changed their lives forever. See more »
Five high school students, all different stereotypes, meet in detention, where they pour their hearts out to each other, and discover how they have a lot more in common than they thought. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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A love letter to all high school loners See more (733 total) »


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Directed by
John Hughes 
Writing credits
John Hughes (written by)

Produced by
Gil Friesen .... executive producer
John Hughes .... producer
Michelle Manning .... co-producer
Andrew Meyer .... executive producer
Ned Tanen .... producer
Original Music by
Keith Forsey 
Cinematography by
Thomas Del Ruth (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Dede Allen 
Casting by
Jackie Burch 
Production Design by
John W. Corso 
Set Decoration by
Jennifer Polito 
Costume Design by
Marilyn Vance 
Makeup Department
Ron Walters .... makeup artist
Linle White .... hair stylist
Production Management
John C. Chulay .... unit production manager
Adam Fields .... executive in charge of production
Richard Hashimoto .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert P. Cohen .... first assistant director
James Giovannetti Jr. .... second assistant director (as James R. Giovannetti Jr.)
Art Department
Marc Fambro .... carpenter
Jack M. Marino .... property master (as Jack Marino)
Paul Stanwyck .... head painter: Chicago
Ted Wilson .... carpenter
Sound Department
Greg Agalsoff .... boom man
James R. Alexander .... sound mixer (as Jim Alexander)
Charles L. Campbell .... supervising sound editor
Larry Carow .... sound editor
Richard C. Franklin .... sound editor (as Rick Franklin)
Robert L. Hoyt .... supervising re-recording mixer (as Bob Hoyt)
Nicholas Vincent Korda .... adr editor (as Nick Korda)
Daniel J. Leahy .... re-recording mixer
Chuck Neely .... assistant sound editor
John Roesch .... foley
Joan Rowe .... foley
Jerry Stanford .... sound editor (as Jerry R. Stanford)
John J. Stephens .... re-recording mixer
Ed Golya .... a.d.r. mixer (uncredited)
Greg Orloff .... foley recordist (uncredited)
Special Effects by
William H. Schirmer .... special effects (as Bill Schirmer)
Camera and Electrical Department
Art Bartels .... key grip: Chicago
Ben Beaird .... key grip
George Bouillet .... director of photography: Chicago
Danny Buck .... gaffer (as Dan Buck)
Henry M. Lebo .... camera operator (as Henry Lebo)
Gregory Lundsgaard .... panaglide operator (as Greg Lundsgaard)
Kyle T. MacDowell .... electrician
Mike Moyer .... gaffer: Chicago
Mark Simon .... assistant camera operator: Chicago
Kenneth Zunder .... assistant camera operator (as Ken Zunder)
Casting Department
David Gonzales .... casting assistant
Janice Papolos .... casting coordinator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Phyllis Corcoran-Woods .... costume assistant
Eddie Marks .... costumer
Christine Zamiara .... costume assistant
Editorial Department
Donah Bassett .... negative cutter
Jerrie Fowler .... assistant film editor: Chicago
Nancy Frazen .... assistant film editor
William Goldenberg .... apprentice film editor
Aubrey Head .... color timer
Jim Miller .... associate film editor (as James W. Miller)
John Therieau .... assistant film editor
Scott K. Wallace .... assistant film editor (as Scott Wallace)
Music Department
David Anderle .... music supervisor: A & M Films
Gary Chang .... composer: additional music
Dave Concors .... music engineer
Keith Forsey .... music supervisor
Carlton Kaller .... assistant music editor (as Carl Kaller)
Ted Whitfield .... music editor
Transportation Department
Patrick Nallon .... transportation captain (as Pat Nallon)
Other crew
Wayne Fitzgerald .... titles
Bob Forrest .... script supervisor
Al Gomez .... assistant: Michelle Manning
Dorain Grusman .... choreographer
Ross L. Kulma .... first aid
Sly Lovegren .... production coordinator (as Sly Lovgren)
Marty Pessin .... auditor
Fredell Pogodin .... unit publicist
Sam Rath .... production assistant
Kathleen Sacchi .... coordinator: L.A.
Susan Vanderbeek .... production secretary (as Sue Vanderbeck)
Jane Vickerilla .... assistant: Mr. Hughes
Linnea Ebba Wicklund .... production assistant (as Linnea Wicklund)
Marlene Alexander .... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture
Bobby Richter .... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture
Don Stillwell .... the producers wish to thank: for their generous cooperation in the making of this motion picture

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Also Known As:
"Breakfast Club" - Japan (English title)
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97 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:18 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:PG (Manitoba) | Canada:14 (Nova Scotia) | Canada:AA (Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) (original rating) | Canada:G (Quebec) (re-rating) (2003) | Chile:18 (theatrical re-release) (2015) | Finland:K-14 | Germany:6 | Iceland:L | India:A | Ireland:15 | Netherlands:6 | Norway:16 | Peru:18 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:11 | UK:15 | USA:TV-14 (ABC Family) | USA:R (Certificate No. 27628) | West Germany:12

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Ranked at #1 for Entertaiment Weekly's 50 Best High School Movies (2006).See more »
Continuity: Bender's arm when he's motioning for Brian to move.See more »
John Bender:Sporto.
Andrew Clark:What?
John Bender:You get along with your parents?
Andrew Clark:Well, if I say yes I'm an idiot, right?
John Bender:You're an idiot anyway. But if you say you get along with your parents, well, you're a liar too.
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What does Bender's joke mean?
Why are the characters in Saturday detention?
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168 out of 205 people found the following review useful.
A love letter to all high school loners, 5 July 2001
Author: wheevandor

I must admit that I was a true loner in high school, and essentially I'm now at 33 I'm still a loner who has become a bit more jaded with the passage of time. With that said, John Hughes "The Breakfast Club" seems to me to be a sort of love letter to all of us who just seemed to blend into the background during our high school years. Of course like everyone I also have a favorite character in the film, and my choice is Allison who is wonderfully played by Ally Sheedy. So, my advice to all who have read this far is to try and watch this film with your emotions rather than trying to analyze the film to death.

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